About this object

'Relic box'. Body a cylinder of sheet metal, rolled overlapped and fastened by 4 bronze rivets. Base spread to take separate basal disc now lost. Lid has domed top, and separate side made of sheet metal overlapped and riveted, top spread to be soldered to cap. Bronze loop for suspension just below over hang - wire paper-clip type. Hole with iron stains suggests iron loop now broken on body below on line of seam. Decorated with lines of tiny repoussé dots, concentric on lid with cross at centre. No chain.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Kent
  • Date made
    6th Century AD - 7th Century AD
  • Materials
    Gilt Bronze; Gold
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Joseph Mayer
  • Collector
    Bryan Rev Faussett
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: Kent: Kingston
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    58 mm
  • Note
    Faussett noted it was full of organic remains on discovery.
  • Related people
    Bryan Rev Faussett (Collector, previous owner); Godfrey Faussett (Previous owner); Joseph Mayer (Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Joseph Mayer

    Owned from: 1854
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1867
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Godfrey Faussett

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1854
    Disposal method: Sold
  • Bryan Rev Faussett

    Owned from: 1771-07-19
    How acquired: Collected
    Owned until: 1776-10-10
    Disposal method: Bequest
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